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Pantheon: Hotel Nazionale

Piazza Montecitorio 131, Phone: 06.695001

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Reviewed by: terri from U.S., review #1695

When: November 2006

Well located but only worth it if you can get it at a discount price from their rack rates.

This was my consolation hotel after Albergo del Senato lost my reservation, so that probably colors the review a little.

I was going to pay 195 for the Senato and had to pay that here. I do not feel it was worth that much money. The location is close to everything around the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, etc. ... although there are demonstrations in front due to the location.

The room I had was very large. It faced nothing of interest, which made it very quiet at night. A large bathroom also but no amenities such as shampoo, etc. I didn't like the breakfast buffet, but others might. The cornetti didn't seem to be fresh. They had the usual fruits, cheese, meats, yogurt. The staff was polite but not too warm and welcoming.

Reviewed by: martha from NY, review #1687

When: October 2006

Attentive service, quiet, wonderful view, ample breakfast, fantastic location, and will stay there again. {4 stars}

I booked our trip to Rome for my husband's 50th birthday this October, through www.virgin-vacations.com, where I found a six night, round trip air package with a list of hotels from which to choose. I settled in the upper mid-range, and after researching my options chose the Hotel Nazionale on the Piazza Montecitorio. We couldn't have chosen better!

Service was impeccable from the front desk, to the bellhop, to daily room service. Staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and tolerant of our lack of the Italian language.

The room was wonderful, if beginning to show a little wear - but it fit in so perfectly with the whole surrounding that is Rome. Our quiet 5th floor location (504) had a view over the stucco rooftop Roman gardens, St. Peter's Basilica, and several church belfries (wonderful to listen to). We opened the windows and shutters every afternoon after our daily sightseeing and left it open 24/7 (the maid always closed everything up when the room was cleaned). The bed was very comfortable, linens were soft, plenty of storage space, but problems with CNN kept us from being up to date in world news (not an altogether bad thing). MSNBC and BBC were sufficient.

The breakfast room was composed of several small dining rooms with another two that held table loads of meats, cheeses, croissants and rolls, breakfast cereals, yogurt, fruit, juices, eggs for boiling and coffee. It was always ample and fresh, with waitservice very attentive to their guests.

We never ate at the hotel restaurant so we can't comment on it, but the small bar and lounge area always had good service.

The location was a wonderful feature of the hotel. It shares the piazza with Italian government buildings so it was patrolled 24/7. It is four to ten short blocks from the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Campodioglio (leading into the Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum), and less than 20 minutes walk from the Vatican and Trastevere.

My husband can be picky when it comes to travel and comfort (work related travel was abundant and always in upscale hotels), and he's not only said he would stay at Hotel Nazionale again, he's told the same to all his friends when recounting his trip.

There is NO substitute for centrally located accommodations. In other words, don't skimp when in Rome. It'll make the difference between a nice vacation and a great vacation.

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